Girls Playing in the Street | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

Photograph

Girls Playing in the Street

Girls Playing in the Street | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Two girls are rolling about in the street on small, foot-powered, six-wheeled ATV toys, and a man is standing on the corner next to a building with a billboard. Under the billboard is graffiti spray-painted on the brick wall that reads: "Kill Niggers." The street intersects with Dorchester Street, the route of the school buses that transported minority students to South Boston High School. This image was captured during the unrest following court-ordered school desegregation busing.
DESCRIPTION
Two girls are rolling about in the street on small, foot-powered, six-wheeled ATV toys, and a man is standing on the corner next to a building with a billboard. Under the billboard is graffiti spray-painted on the brick wall that reads: "Kill Niggers." The street intersects with Dorchester Street, the route of the school buses that transported minority students to South Boston High School. This image was captured during the unrest following court-ordered school desegregation busing.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:139110
Creation Date:circa 1974
Creator Name:Cowan, Rachel
City:Boston
County:
State:Massachusetts
Collection Name:Paul Cowan Papers, 1963-1987
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:M92-316 Box 1 Fldr 1
Original Dimensions:9.875 x 6.625 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The desegregation of Boston public schools occurred between 1974 and 1988. In 1965 the Massachusetts Legislature enacted the Racial Imbalance Act which mandated the desegregation of the Public Schools. Nearly a decade passed before the Boston Public Schools were ordered to implement busing to desegregate. Widespread opposition to the plan began on the first day of school in September of 1974 with a two year period of racial protests, demonstrations, violence, walkouts and boycotts.

Rabbi Rachel Cowan, a civil rights activist and freelance photographer in the 1960s & 1970s, helped found the Jewish healing movement and later ran the Institute for Jewish Spirituality for many years. She was ordained in New York in 1989.

SUBJECTS
Commercial buildings
Clothing and dress
Billboards
Neighborhoods
Sidewalks
Children
Men
Outdoor photography
Play
Toys
Graffiti
Signs and signboards
Civil rights
Race relations
Lampposts
Automobiles
Streets

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